• Jackie Capers-Brown

Level Up Weekly: Heart Attitudes

3 Ideas, 3 Quotes and 3 Questions (August 9, 2020)

Every Sunday, I share 3 ideas from me, 3 quotes from others and 3 questions for you to ponder. The information I share is to help you to be intentional towards what you want to experience today and in the week ahead.

I recommend that you use a journal or notebook to write down the thoughts and feelings that you experience each time that you read a Level Up Weekly post. It will help you to develop self awareness which is the catalyst for positive change.

How many times throughout your life, have you faced what seemed to be impossible situations and doubted your ability to “get through it” or questioned “can I get through this?” These were some of the same questions I was contemplating as a thirteen year-old when my mother, Willie Mae Capers died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest.

My thirteen year-old self was convinced, “I was not strong enough to endure the pain I felt after the loss of my mother. I thought to myself, “How could a God that is supposed to love me allow me and my younger brothers to experience such a devastating loss? Did He not realize that we needed our mother?”I did not know it in the beginning, but the faith that my mother had nurtured in my heart and the resiliency and determined attitude modeled by both of my parents would become a part of my saving grace.

Several months after my mothers death, I experienced what I considered to be my first spiritual awakening.” While my mother was alive, my faith in God and belief in myself was rooted and grounded in her faith in God and her expectations of me. One night while writing in my diary, these words rose up from deep within me, “You can continue to focus on your pain over the loss of you mom, or you can focus on her strengths and use what she has given you to make the best of your life.” For the first time in my life, I heard the strength and authority of my inner voice. I was overcome with a sense of knowing that I had to shift my focus pertaining to the loss of my mother to liberate myself from the mental and emotional anguish creating my suffering.

3 Ideas from Me

1. The change in my outlook toward “what I can handle”helped me to see first-hand the power of my attitude. It increased my self-esteem and self-confidence. As a teen, I had experienced a devastating emotional blow as a result of the loss of my mother. With a renewed faith in God and in myself, I was able to overcome my grief and finish high school in the top 20% of my graduating class despite the numerous challenges faced during my high school years. Our attitude towards ourselves, other people and our life experiences sets us up to struggle or to soar. We have the power to choose our attitude.

2. For the next week, set aside 10 min to 30 min. to “tune-out” the noise of the world so that you begin to “tune-in” to the wisdom of your inner-guide. Make sure that your space of solitude relaxes you. During your scheduled “time-outs” begin to pay attention to your self-talk with a sense of compassion. If it becomes negative, speak out loud to yourself with tenderness and loving kindness, using a word or phrase that makes you feel good every time you hear it.

3. Use this time to identify present challenges that you need additional understanding and wisdom to manage. Read inspirational books, such as the Bible or other books or information filled with wisdom. I recommend reading a chapter in the book of Proverbs on a daily basis to increase your wisdom. Ask the Divine to show you how to best navigate the path and trust that your inner-GPS will provide you with a direction that orders your steps with clarity. Expect to receive your answer.

3 Quotes from Others

1. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James

2. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. “Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” – Bo Bennett

3 Tune-In Questions

There is no right or wrong way to nurture empowering attitudes. The practice is unique to each individual. During the next seven days, I suggest that you create space in your daily and weekly agenda to nourish the strength of your spirit and mental attitude towards yourself, other people and the challenges you face right now.

Think about an experience in which you began to break free from limiting beliefs and assumptions that had influenced you to believe that you weren’t strong enough or capable enough to handle a situation.

In your journal or notebook, write down your answers to the following three questions and the insights you gained from tuning into your truth.

1. What were your aspirations at the time?

2. What were some of the actions that you initiated to achieve them?

3. How did your attitude play a role in your ability to achieve your aspirations?

Have an awesome week.

Starting with your truth always increases self awareness which is the catalyst for creating positive change in your life. The practice of remembering your strong moments serve as a reminder of who you are when your best self is highly effective and engaged which helps to build your self trust

Have a great week.

It’s Your Move. Aspire Higher.

Jackie B

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